Young hero leads pledge at Board of Education meeting

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By KATIE JUSTICE, kjustice@clickthepaper.com

Just over a month ago, Colin Hitzges suffered a gunshot wound to his left ankle while dove hunting in Jackson County.

Hitzges was taken by helicopter to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta where he underwent more than six hours of surgery.

However, Hitzges is well on his way to recovery, as was apparent by his presence at the Jackson County Board of Education meeting Oct. 8.

Hitzges was invited to lead attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance.

“I’m not surprised Colin has done so well; he comes from good stock,” said Jackson County Board of Education Chairwoman Lynne Massey-Wheeler during the meeting.

Colin Hitzges’ father Jamie Hitzges serves as the Jackson County assistant superintendent for operational Support.

“What an inspiration Colin has been as we watched his determination,” said Superintendent Dr. John Green, on Hitzges’ recovery.

“You don’t have to look far to find a hero,” said Green.